Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade

Sparkling strawberry lemonade is a refreshing summer drink made with fresh strawberries. This easy drink recipe is a little sweet and a little tart, with a lot of delicious fruit flavor!

I don’t know what it has been like where you live but, man, it’s been warm here in the good ol’ PNW. And I know, I know, it gets like REALLY hot in other places. Like triple digits hot. But I grew up here and when it gets above 85 degrees, I’m uncomfortable.

It’s not a popular opinion, I mean we do get so much rain throughout the rest of the year that it is nice when the sun comes out. It’s just not nice when our house is 83 degrees at night. I mean, SERIOUSLY.

Sparkling strawberry lemonade is a refreshing summer drink made with fresh strawberries. This easy drink recipe is a little sweet and a little tart, with a lot of delicious fruit flavor!

But one thing I like to do to cool down is drink a cool drink. And what says summer time more than lemonade? How about sparkling strawberry lemonade? It’s pretty. It is sparkly. It’s perfect for hot summer days. Bridal and baby showers. And with a splash of vodka, it makes a great afternoon cocktail too.

Growing up, I was always a fan of the powdered lemonade stuff. Blasphemy, I know. I have since found it way too sweet for me. Making it at home allows you to adjust it to your tastes. For this recipe, I used fresh strawberries, lemons, a quick simple syrup and some sparkling water. A little sweet, a little tart and very refreshing.

How do you make simple syrup?

Simple syrup is, dare I say, simple to make. All that is needed is one part sugar and one part water. Then it is cooked over medium heat until the sugar dissolves and allowed to cool before using. I like to make a batch with 2 cups water and 2 cups sugar and keep it in the refrigerator for use in cocktails and drinks like this Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade.

Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade. A perfect sip for a summer day!

How do you make sparkling strawberry lemonade?

For this recipe, you will need a cup of lemonade. To do that you will need to juice about 6 lemons. Although it may seem easier to use a jar of lemon juice, it is really better to make it with fresh lemons.

For the strawberry part of this lemonade, you will need to puree the strawberries and simple syrup together.  You may notice seeds in my picture, and that is because I chose not to strain the strawberries after I pureed them. I like the little pieces of fresh fruit. If it’s not for you feel free to strain yours.

Sparkling strawberry lemonade is a refreshing summer drink made with fresh strawberries. This easy drink recipe is a little sweet and a little tart, with a lot of delicious fruit flavor!

The sparkling part of this lemonade is from unflavored sparkling water. Add it to the lemonade mixture slowly so that it doesn’t foam up too much on you. If you’re not a fan of the fizz, you can skip the sparkling part and use cool water.

Sparkling strawberry lemonade is a refreshing summer drink made with fresh strawberries. This easy drink recipe is a little sweet and a little tart, with a lot of delicious fruit flavor!

This recipe was originally published 2009 and photos were updated in 2018. 

Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade Recipe

Serves 6 Prep Time: Cook Time:
5(4)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup lemon juice (about 6 lemons)
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups simple syrup (recipe follows)
  • 1 (16 ounce) container strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 1 quart sparkling water
  • ice cubes
  • mint for garnish

For the Simple Syrup

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water

Instructions

1

To make simple syrup combine sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat.

2

Bring to a boil. Stir until sugar has dissolved.

3

Cool completely.

4

Roll the lemons back and forth a couple of times on the counter to release the juices. Cut the lemons in half juice into a bowl. Remove any seeds that may have fallen into the juice. You should get about 1 cup of lemon juice.

5

Using an immersion blender or regular blender, blend the strawberries with the 1/2 cup of the simple syrup, until smooth.

6

Pour lemon juice, strawberry puree, 1/2 cup simple syrup and sparkling water into a pitcher. Add more simple syrup if you want a little more sweetness. Add ice cubes. Chill until ready to drink.

7

Place more ice cubes in a glass, pour in chilled lemonade, garnish with mint sprig. Enjoy!

Notes

Enjoy!

Nutrition information

Amount per serving: 6 servings
Calories: 202 , Total Fat: 0.6g , Saturated Fat: 0.3g , Cholesterol: 0mg , Sodium: 48mg , Carbohydrates: 50.9g , Fiber: 1.7g , Sugar: 4.6 , Protein: 0.8g

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  • Reply
    Allyson
    July 30, 2018 at 9:41 am

    This lemonade looks sooo refreshing!!!

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    Cathy
    July 26, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    Absolutely love this! SO refreshing!!

  • Reply
    Anna
    July 26, 2018 at 9:10 am

    This lemonade sounds so refreshing! I wish I was sipping on it right now!

  • Reply
    Abeer
    July 26, 2018 at 7:04 am

    My kids will love this idea! Yummy!

  • Reply
    Dee
    July 25, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    This looks delicious! I’ll definitely be making this the next time it reaches over 100 degrees!

  • Reply
    Amanda
    July 25, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    This looks so amazingly refreshing !!!

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    Michelle @ The Complete Savorist
    July 25, 2018 at 10:04 am

    It’s super hot here, too. Maybe this will help cool us down a bit! thank you for sharing!

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    hi
    May 18, 2018 at 5:15 am

    I LOVE DIS RECIPIE

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    Joanne
    April 29, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    Sounds yummy. When are u onTV again I miss u

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    Deseree
    June 11, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Hi Lori- I would multiply the recipe by 10 or 12. You could get about 4 glasses out of each batch. hope this helps!

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    Lori
    June 10, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    If I am making this for a shower for about 50 people do you know how many times I would need to multiply this recipe? Looks great!

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    Chung Zucker
    June 22, 2011 at 7:00 am

    I am curious to find out what blog platform you are using? I’m having some small security issues with my latest site and I’d like to find something more secure. Do you have any solutions?

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    Kristen
    June 15, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Hey Des, thanks for the amazing recipe!
    Just a little curious, for the syrup it only says “Part water” and “Part sugar” no actual measurements. What amounts of each do you normally use?

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      Deseree
      June 21, 2011 at 7:00 pm

      Hey Kristen- I would use 2 cups each then you can keep the leftovers in a jar in the fridge. Hope this helps! :)

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    azka
    June 24, 2010 at 7:44 am

    datx quite refreshing, n tasteful too. am gona try this.

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    Candace
    July 23, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    Hi Des
    Can you make this drink with regular water instead sparkling water?

    • Reply
      Deseree
      July 24, 2009 at 8:29 am

      Hi Candace, sure you can. I only picked sparkling water because I wanted something a little bubbly. Regular water would work just fine.

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    Jackie
    July 13, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Hi Des

    Do you think I could make this with frozen strawberries.

    • Reply
      Deseree
      July 13, 2009 at 7:47 pm

      Hi Jackie, I’ve never made this with frozen strawberries so I can’t recommend it. I think that fresh would be the best option.

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    oneshotbeyond
    July 1, 2009 at 9:13 am

    This is one of my daughter’s favorite drinks to order out. I made her a homemade version once, but it was not as polished as your recipe!

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    Stef
    June 13, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

    This lemonade looks like it would really hit the spot today…nearly 100F with heat index in Houston…maybe I’ll give it a go tomorrow ;-)

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    Michelle
    June 12, 2009 at 3:07 am

    Oh my gosh. This recipe is wonderful!!!! I made it yesterday and we’re ready for another pitcher today. Thanks for sharing such a great idea.
    I shared the recipe on my blog too, with a link back to you.
    Thanks again – it’s awesome. I especially love the fizz. Great touch!

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    Tracey
    June 7, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    What a lovely picture! Thanks for the idea – I’ve got both lemons and strawberries in the fridge and I’m going to make this today :)

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    muddywaters
    June 5, 2009 at 9:50 am

    You rock! I just purchased a flat of strawberries, and I look forward to trying this drink. My family will love it.

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    cassie
    June 4, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Yum, my daughter would love this pink drink.

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    Mrs. L
    June 4, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    There are so many strawberries for sale at the farmers market, I keep thinking I need to buy a bunch and do something with them. This sounds like a great way to use some up.

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    Suzanne
    June 4, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    How refreshing!! I can’t wait to try it this weekend!!!

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    Mindy
    June 4, 2009 at 1:58 am

    What a great summery drink!

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    Dimah
    June 4, 2009 at 12:07 am

    Wow, beautiful! Looks so refreshing!

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    peachkins
    June 3, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    This looks very refreshing.Perfect for summer!

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    GrilledShane
    June 3, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Yum! This looks awesome. I am not one to make drinks, but I really like fresh, pure lemonade so I am sure I will like this. I will have to try it!

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    finsmom
    June 3, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    What a perfect summer recipe! I love the pink color!

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    Renee
    June 3, 2009 at 11:39 am

    perfect! good idea!

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    Kimberrley
    June 3, 2009 at 9:44 am

    This drink looks delicious! I wish I had seen it sooner, we’ve been getting a lot of hot weather here, and it would have been a refreshing little drink to have around. :)